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Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 36 animals were operated on by
 Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. 

Dr. Tello sterilized 21 dogs and 14 cats, plus he operated on a female cat only to discover that she had already been sterilized. Of the sterilized dogs, 19 were female and 2 were male. Of the cats, 9 were female and 5 were male. 

We had a long day because of three very difficult surgeries that took at least an hour each. (1) Dr. Tello looked and looked for the ovaries and uterus of the one cat before he determined that she had already been sterilized.
(2) An incompetent vet had tied/cut the tubes of a female dog, which makes it much more difficult to find and remove the uterus and ovaries. Plus, one of her ovaries had grown to her backbone and it was then too dangerous to remove it.
(3) One cat was anemic and had a horrible internal infection, including infection in her bladder. Dr. Tello had to irrigate the bladder and insert antibiotics; then later he had to administer IV fluids.

Therefore, many people had to wait for a long time and we thank them for their patience.  Our appointment schedule is not an exact science at best, but when Dr. Tello finds unexpected things, he naturally takes the time to help the animal.  It will wreak havoc on our schedule, but our first concern is for the health and safety of the animals that are entrusted to us.

Interesting story: About a week before the clinic I saw a big, starving dog right behind Romero's. He was friendly and not scared of me. I gave him the large amount of dry food that I keep in my car for such occasions, and he was ravenous. Later, I put a leash in my car and looked for the dog. I intended to bring him to my house, keep and feed him until until the clinic, and then get him sterilized. I couldn't find him, though.

Lo and behold, Clay Conn had found the dog and had taken the him to his house, and we did sterilize him during this clinic. The dog is sweet, friendly, and VERY big--once he gains his weight he will weigh 100 lbs. or more. Clay would like to find a home for him, so if you are interested you can contact me. (Sorry, I did not get a picture of this dog at the clinic.)

Be sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken during this clinic. 

I now have a personal PayPal "Donate" button. You can use this "button" to donate. If you already have a PayPal account, you can just log in and specify to send money to "friends or family" at my email address, muffiemae@gmail.com. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card. 

Your contribution is not tax deductible. But be assured that every penny goes for the animals. On my web page created after each clinic, I give a complete accounting of income and expenses. (See "Income and Expenses" listed below.) Except for our wonderful veterinarian, neither I nor anyone else connected with the clinics receives any pay or financial benefit. I rent the building where we hold the clinics, and I buy all the anesthesia, medications, instruments, supplies, and equipment. I have no offices, no salaries, no advertising. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

Again, other than contributing cash or depositing to my personal bank account, donating to my personal PayPal account (muffiemae@gmail.com) is the best way to help support this important project if you don't need a tax-deductible receipt.

Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past.


Claudia Flores substituted for Cristina Espinosa because Cristina was sick. Claudia did a great job.
Don Binder was out of the country, so Lynn Longbons substituted for him and gave the anesthesia injections. Thank you, Lynn!
Elcy Morales and Lisa Dahlmann
(from Germany), Jahir Costello and Yiniela Rodriguez helped weigh the animals and  and gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. They also put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, and performed whatever other duties were needed.
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, helps weigh and tag the animals, provides transportation for animals when necessary, and helps with various duties. He also takes my car to pick up and deliver animals when necessary. Then Jose and I go to the clinic site on Mondays following the Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one.
Rosemary Rios, Maria Cristina Montenegro, Francia Pinedo, and Jenny Rodriguez assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions, took the temperature of the recovering animals, tattooed the ears of female dogs, gave flea and tick treatment, generally checked the well being of the animals, and performed whatever other tasks were necessary. 
Alejandro Espinosa and Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized the instruments. 
We had three more volunteers from Germany show up unexpectedly, so we actually had too many and there was nothing for them to do.

Again, we had a great team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly! This was the last clinic for Lisa Dahlmann. She will be returning to Germany. She did a great job and we will miss her!

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Kate Stamm for the main dish, David Kimberling for drinks, Amanda Rankin for a fruit plate, and Dorreene Reynolds for dessert. I took organic oranges from my trees and someone else brought some of the strange fruit that you'll see in the pictures.

Please forgive me if I have neglected to mention any volunteers or contributors!  And many thanks to the people at this clinic who donated more than my actual cost for the sterilization of their animals.

Income and expenses: 

$  715.00

 contributions by guardians/owners

       25.00       cash donation by Al Jan (formerly from Texas, now in Panama)
      25.00        Carolyn Price (Concepcion)
       20.00       David Kimberling (Paso Ancho) 
$  785.00         Total Cash Contributions

At this July 20, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello operated on 21 dogs and 15 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $750 plus $100 for rent of the building, for a total of $850. Income this month was $785, leaving a deficit of $65. My current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,439.30. 

My heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed in the past and who will contribute in the future! We need and appreciate your help! Love and thanks to everyone!

For other pictures taken during the clinic,
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Dr. Tello doing the work he was born to do! 
Besides being such a skilled
veterinarian, he cares deeply for

Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 2,599 dogs and cats to date. Added to the 129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan in February of 2005, we have sterilized 2,728 dogs and cats! There are many more to go, but we are making progress!  Our goal is to sterilize at least 75% of the dogs and cats in the Volcan area, and thus almost completely solve the problem of homeless dogs and cats, and the terrible venereal disease suffered by so many dogs--but thankfully, we see a lot fewer venereal tumors than we did in the past!.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized. Always remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Dorothy Atwater -  6517-8752 or muffiemae@gmail.com
US telephone: 817-349-6345
skype:  muffiemae

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